Pastors and Deacons
James Hunt, Senior Pastor
Pastor James was born in Maine and grew up for awhile in Oklahoma. He graduated with a BA in Bible from Clearwater Christian College, Clearwater, Florida. He served his first 14 years of ministry mostly in south Florida. He married Ali in 1994 at First Baptist Church, Punta Gorda, FL.
Before coming to Caloosa, Pastor James served on staff at two churches in the Oklahoma City area. At Council Road Baptist Church, Bethany, OK, he served as Pastor to Single Adults and Blended Families, and created a ministry focused on adoption, fostering and orphan care (Karis Ministry). Most recently, James served as the Senior Pastor at First Southern Baptist Church, Guthrie, OK.
Pastor James earned his Master of Theological Studies at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. But if you ask him, some of his best education has been received through his journey of adoption. He and Ali have adopted four children. They also have an affection for little dogs ... and they have more than one!
Don't be too offended if you pull up next to our pastor at a stop light and you hear music loudly playing from his vehicle. He likes music ... of many kinds. In addition to listening to music at ear-damaging levels, he enjoys wearing boots and jeans, going for walks in the park with his family, riding his motorcycle, landscaping his yard, and going to dinner with his wife.
For him a dream "car" is an old, 1968 restored truck. He tried his hand at buying an old '68 Chevy truck once with the hopes of restoring it. May we say that was a colossal failure? He sold it in the same condition in which he found it. But he enjoyed peeling out the tires a time or two - at least the engine was restored when he bought it!
Pastor James knows that all that he is and hopes to be, everything about his ministry and life, all things are grace-enabled gifts from God. The most important thing he'd like you to know is his Savior, the Lord Jesus. Just ask him and he'd tell you all about him.
Ryan Ayala, Pastor to Youth and Children
Our pastor to youth and children was born right here in SW Florida. Pastor Ryan was raised in Immokalee, graduating from Immokalee High in 2007.
He married Patricia, his high school sweetheart, in Labelle in 2011.
He is a graduate of the Baptist College of Florida with a degree in Biblical Studies.
Currently Pastor Ryan is pursuing his Master of Theological Studies through New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Ryan has a love for movies, books and board games. Don’t bother asking about his one all-time favorite; he simply can’t decide. He is always ready for a movie or game night if you’re interested. He enjoys exercise and is a diehard Miami Hurricanes fan who continually welcomes talking football.
Ryan’s true love, apart from his wife, is studying and teaching the Bible. He enjoys taking part in a good bible study or listening to a sermon.
God also has given Pastor Ryan a passion for learning and a giftedness in teaching God’s Word.
His greatest desire in ministry is to see Youth, Children, and their Families growing in knowledge and love for Jesus (the Living Word) and the Bible (the Written Word).
The Deacons of Caloosa Baptist Church are ministry partners with the pastors. Their responsibility is to care for the physical and spiritual needs of the congregation. The following is a list of our deacons and how to contact them:
Roger Alexander - 863-673-5747
Glen Cook - 239-246-9112
Chip Miller(Chairman) - 863-673-1178
Richard Morris = 305-240-7546
Dwayne Pratt - 863-673-6491
Jim Wilder - 239-289-0482